18 days in France & Dubai Itinerary

18 days in France & Dubai Itinerary

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18 days in France & Dubai Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  35​h
1
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Lyon, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 29th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Pey-Berland Tower, then take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), don't miss a visit to Place Parlement, then do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and finally make a trip to Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces).

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Bordeaux is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Auckland in October, you will find days in Bordeaux are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau de Reignac
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Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
Place Parlement ©
Place Parlement

4
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, & more), Hyeres (Parc Sainte-Claire & Route du Sud) and Zimbris Location de Bateaux (in La Ciotat). There's lots more to do: get outside with Cape Canaille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner .

Fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Hyeres, Zimbris Location de Bateaux
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Cape Canaille ©
Cape Canaille
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 4th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then meet the residents at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon journey maker .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In November, Lyon is a bit cooler than Marseille - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Golf
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Dubai is known for shopping, theme parks, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, take a memorable drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, admire the landmark architecture of Burj Al Arab, and get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dubai travel planning site .

You can fly from Paris to Dubai in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Paris to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paris in November, with highs in Dubai at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Shopping Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Fountain ©
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall

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